§4.17  Total disability ratings for pension based on unemployability and age of the individual.
             All veterans who are basically eligible and who are unable to secure and follow a substantially gainful occupation by reason of disabilities which are likely to be permanent shall be rated as permanently and totally disabled. 

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Jim Strickland is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA disability benefits

and a member of the Stateside Legal Website Advisory BoardJim's Mailbag, is a regular column where veterans,

servicemembers, and family members can  ask Jim their questions about VA and Social Security disability benefits.  

You can browse all of these Q&As here, and search the Jim's Mailbag archives for helpful answers.

If Jim hasn't already addressed the questions you have, you can submit your own question. 

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VA overpayment puts Marine vet, Navy officer on hook for $75,000

He's now on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars even though he alerted authorities that he was being overpaid.


Increase in Maximum Tuition and Fee Amounts Payable Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill

This notice is to inform the public of the increase in the Post-9/11 GI Bill maximum tuition and fee amounts payable...

Does VA conduct random drug screens?

Can they do that? Is there a policy?

Understanding VA’s New Process for Verifying Individual Unemployability

​​The VA recently began sending out letters to veterans in receipt of a total disability rating (100 percent) based on individual unemployability (IU) that detail the department's new process for verification of employment status. The letters include some confusing language that the VA is working to clear up.

Trump’s VA Firing Spree Falters in Court

​​“The VA took away my rights, I had no say, my 25-year career was gone. It violated everything I tried to teach my family and tried to believe in myself: this country was founded on a Constitution, the Bill of Rights, equal opportunity for all.”


Military Records DD 214

Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs)
Official Personnel Folders (OPF)

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 93 / Tuesday, May 14, 2019 

Rules and Regulations MISSION Act Interim final rule 

Veterans Care Agreements

Bash Bulletin  C & P Exams

Office of Enterprise Integration (OEI) - ​VA MISSION Act

​On June 6, 2018, the President signed the  VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside

Networks Act of 2018 (the MISSION Act).  The MISSION Act supports the creation of a health care system that will:

Ensure easy and reliable access to care that Veterans need when they need it.

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The Pentagon Reports: China’s Military Power
The Department of Defense is out with its latest report detailing the rise of Beijing's military. Here is what you need to know. 

Fox News Hosts Bash Veterans For Taking Benefits From VA

Fox and Friends claims veterans use their military service as an excuse to mooch off of government benefits.

No, really.

Cannabis Industry Work Costing U.S. Veterans Their Retirement Pensions

​​As far as Trump’s goons are concerned, as long as weed is illegal at the national level, Vets will just have to be content with sucking down dangerous, highly addictive narcotics and copious amounts of booze to ease the symptoms of their government-induced anxiety and pain. The message behind the VA’s decision is that there is no respect for the men and women of the armed forces.

They’re just disposable heroes.

​​What Is Substantial Gainful Activity (Work) to Social Security?
Substantial gainful activity is the level of work that a person without a disability can do.

Robert Wilkie  <robert.wilkie@va.gov>  ​855-948-2311

June 6th 2019...The Mission Act...Are You Ready? Is VA Ready?

This is the biggest opportunity in our lifetimes that VA will have to prove itself.

Can they do it this time or will we see another false start and mighty stumble as they fail...again?

Follow along and we'll see how it works out this time.

Bankrupt vets can lose their disability benefits.

This new effort would protect them.

Why Do Women Military Vets Avoid Using VA Benefits?Research by UMass Amherst epidemiologist pinpoints factors of health care quality, accessibility and comfort

Are you a 30-minute drive from your nearest VA medical facility?This map will show you.

Whether or not you're eligible for Mission Act private sector care largely depends on how close you are to a VHA facility.

If you are farther than a 30 minute drive to a VHA facility, BINGO, you're eligible.

(The map is very slow to load and won't work on your phone. It's worth viewing on a desktop.)

I'm clearly eligible for private sector care because of my locale. It's unfortunate that I have no faith that 

I'll ever see a positive outcome from the Mission Act because, well...you know. It's the VA.

​VA Mission Act access map

VA Reviews Veteran Mental Healthcare Access Amid Suicide Reports
The VA is addressing recent reports about veteran suicides by reviewing its veteran mental healthcare access and appointment protocols.

C&P Service Clinician’s Guide

Scheduled For A C & P???    Filing A Claim?

This is a must read for you!!!

I've been posting this again and again over the years and it's still one of the best ways I know to win your case. Published in 2002 the principles and much of the verbiage still applies and is in daily use at the VA. 

How to download VA benefit letters
To receive some benefits, Veterans need a letter proving their status. Access and download your VA Benefit Summary Letter (sometimes called a VA award letter) and other benefit letters and documents online.

Leading the Charge to Transform Veterans Health Care

Robert Wilkie, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, discusses how the Mission Act, VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, and increased funding to women veterans programs will reform VA healthcare systems in Arkansas and nationwide.  

What You Should Know about Disability and Debt

There Are Protections...When it comes to debt collection, disability income enjoys special status.

Trump’s VA Firing Spree Falters in Court

Rather than defend a law that the president loves, the VA will reinstate a hospital director whom it twice tried to fire.

For more information about the hearing loss lawsuit and

a free case evaluation talk with...

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Core Values, Characteristics, and Customer Experience Principles of the Department 

A Rule by the Veterans Affairs Department on 05/20/2019


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lawyer, What kinds of questions can the VA examiner ask, Erroneous hair drug test, VA can't take compensation

to pay child support and a whole lot of other topics of interest to active military, veterans and their families.

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Overpayment? VA proposing to claw back money from your benefits? Submit a Compromise Offer to the Debt Management Center. 

This is the only thing that works. 

​"If you are unable to pay the debt in full or clear the debt in a reasonable timeframe through monthly payments, we can consider a compromise offer.  A compromise means we can accept a lesser amount of money as full settlement of your debt."

How long should it take?

Comments by veterans law attorney Drew Early.

VA Sec. Wilkie: A breakthrough in health care for veterans is coming in June -- Here's what to expect

​So what can veterans expect on June 6?
Less red tape, more satisfaction and predictability for patients, more efficiency for our clinicians, and better value for taxpayers.
Veterans will be eligible to get community care for a variety of reasons, including when VA can’t provide the treatment they need or when care outside our system is in the best medical interest of the patient.​


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Is the Trump Administration Seeking to Monitor Social Media Accounts of Disability Recipients?
The U.S. Social Security Administration proposed stepped-up evaluation of social media posts when investigating peoples' disability claims.


The Bash Bulletin: The new VA appeals process 

​The VA has started using the new 2019 claim process...here...
 Two places where new information can be added to the appeals stages occurs in the supplemental lane and at the BVA.


Vietnam veteran?  High blood pressure?

You should file a claim 

The Academies of Sciences

Vitals in redesigning veterans’ healthcare
An essay in the New England Journal of Medicine examines ways the Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation for Care and Payment might approach its mission.

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Military members know that when DoD gives

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The VA is similar, but the system is worse.

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